Shockwave in Leeds at Good Health Centre (Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy)
What conditions does it treat?
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Plantar Fasciitis (incl. heel spur)
- Patellar Tendinopathy
- Hamstring Tendinopathy
- Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
- Golfers Elbow
- Tennis Elbow
- Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy (incl. Calcification)
How does Shockwave work?
It involves the use of a medical device to pass shockwaves through the skin to the injured part of the body. The shockwaves are generated by a projectile that is propelled at high speed inside a hand-held applicator.
As the shockwaves enter the body, they initiate an inflammatory-like response in the injured tissue that is being treated. This prompts the body to respond by increasing blood circulation, stimulating the body’s natural healing process, and breaking down calcium deposits in tendons.
What makes it unique is that it is one of the very few technologies that seems to work best when an injury reaches the chronic state. This shockwave appears to be able to jump start the healing process in chronic injuries and move them back into the acute phase of healing.
What does Shockwave involve?
An assessment takes place prior to treatment to ensure shockwave is appropriate.
Shockwave is carried out at Good Health Centre by our fully qualified team. Appointments are 30 minutes and requires no injections, medication, or surgery.
A course of shockwave usually requires three to four sessions, which will include advice on rehabilitation and exercise.
What are the Benefits of Shockwave Therapy?
It offers advantages over traditional surgical methods:
- No anaesthesia
- No medication
- No surgery
- Fast treatment
- Fewer complications
- Virtually painless after treatment
- Quick recovery and quick results
What are the Risks of Shockwave Therapy?
During the treatment you will experience some pain/discomfort, but this should be bearable. Potential short-lived side effects after the treatment are:
- Numbness in the area
Are there any reasons why you cannot have Shockwave?
Shockwave treatment is not normally suitable for patients who:
- Are pregnant
- Have a tumour (at/near the site of treatment)
- Have an infection at the site of treatment
- Are undergoing anticoagulation therapy
- Have a pacemaker fitted
- Have had recent steroid injections (within the last 12 weeks)
- Are under 18 years of age
- Have a joint replacement or metal implant in the treatment area
- Have a bleeding disorder (such as Haemophilia)